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  1. Jacob’s STEAM project focuses on the types of distal radius fractures and the potential risks one has involving these specific fractures. Distal radius fractures occur near the wrist specific to the radius bone. Studies done in South Asia for individuals between the ages 20 and 30 had the fracture risk peak, then decline as they got older. Male patients in that study were more likely to have a distal radius fracture compared to earlier studies in East Asia and Europe, but that risk has no correlation to type of lifestyle. To identify the type of distal radius fracture, factors of the original shape of the bone must be taken into account. Radial inclination, height, ulnar variance, volar and dorsal angulation, and the intra-articular gap are the main factors that help identify the fracture and specify what type of treatment is needed. Common treatment for these fractures are plate fixations (internal), which keeps the bone in place for the healing process if the fracture is bad enough, or plaster immobilizations for much simpler fractures.
    The art project portion shows diagrams of a partial break, double partial break, and full break, as well as an internal fixation treatment. The ink wash pieces make the types of fractures easy to differentiate, and also give a great example of how an internal fixation works for healing a distal radius fracture.

    By the way, good job on this! Really cool topic :]

    Sarah May Kline

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